Tommy was an absolute gentleman
Published 10/06/2014 | 05:40
The recent death of Tommy Gilmartin caused widespread sorrow among all who were privileged to have known him.
He had a wide circle of friends in his native South Sligo and beyond.
Tommy will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature, his gracious and considerate personality and above all for being an absolute gentleman.
He was a devoted family man, a dedicated and skilled craftsman and a committed community worker.
Tommy and his wife Vera raised a family of three girls and two boys in their family home of Cashel in Curry Parish.
As a skilled craftsman, Tommy joined G.W.I Industries when it was established in Tubbercurry by James Gallagher TD.
Some years later the company expanded and moved into larger premises in Collooney.
Tommy was a key member of the skilled workforce of one of the largest providers of windows and doors to the building industry in the country.
Many years later when G.W.I. ceased trading, Tommy transferred to GEM construction in Longford where he completed his years of service.
During this time he established his own joinery business in Tubbercurry called Tubbercurry Joinery, with two of his colleagues, Padraig Kilcoyne and Frank Davey.
Wherever he worked, his work ethic, skill, and experience were greatly valued and appreciated.
His lifelong contribution to his local community was immense.
As a young man he played a vital role in the regeneration of the parish.
He was a founder member of a Muintir na Tire branch.
Tommy was involved in many voluntary projects, including the provision of a community centre by refurbishing an old mill, setting up a tennis club and a drama group and purchasing land to provide the G.A.A Club with a permanent home.
The revival of the fortunes of the club were dramatic and Tommy played a major role in its resurgence.
He was an accomplished half back who played with considerable skill and dexterity.
As an integral part of many successful teams over the years he won junior and senior leagues and Championships and also represented his county on a number of occasions.
Tommy had many interests and hobbies throughout his life.
They included looking after the family farm and gardening.
He enjoyed reading and was a great admirer of Goldsmith.
He regularly provided suitable quotes from his masterpiece, 'The Deserted Village' on many appropriate occasions.
Tommy's funeral cortage was met by a guard of honour of past and present players, many of whom travelled long distances to show their appreciation to a true friend and colleague.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Vera, his children Deirdre, Edel, Thomas, John and Helena and also to the extended Gilmartin family.